• Words by Mr Tom M Ford, Features Writer, MR PORTER

If we are to believe statistics from the likes of Facebook and match.com, winter is one of the worst times of year for couples. With the pressure of family visits, competitive gift giving and the self-reflection of New Year - holiday season can sometimes shed new light on a once satisfactory relationship, and begin the process of separation. With this cheery thought in mind, we decided to offer an antidote to anyone anticipating some Valentine's Day heartache. Since alcohol and complaining to your best friend will only go so far, we turned to our music expert, and creative director of Music Concierge, Mr Rob Wood for the soothing effects of a playlist. So, whether you've been dumped, or you're doing the dumping - delete the songs you and your other half shared from your iPhone, bin the concert tickets you saved from your first date, and head to MR PORTER's Spotify for some music to help you handle the heartache.

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Dawn Penn

"You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)"


"Dawn tells it as it is in this rock steady track from 1967, produced by reggae innovator Coxsone Dodd no less."

Miles Davis

"Chez le Photographe du Motel"


"Get dressed in black. Get on a train to Paris. Drink a bottle of red wine. Listen to this song. Never has loneliness sounded so right."

The Rolling Stones

"Wild Horses"


"Perhaps not a break-up song as such, but Mick's certainly having his heart strings pulled by someone special."

The Smiths

"I Know it's Over"


"Few people can sing about being on your own as warm and humorously as Morrissey. Matched with the guitar of Johnny Marr it is reverting."

Rufus Wainwright

"Out of the Game"


"Rufus hits a pop high with the help of Mark Ronson and The Dap-Kings while pondering the merits of single life."

Aretha Franklin

"(No, No) I'm Losing You"


"If someone is about to walk out of your life, run to the front door, lock it (with the both of you on the inside) and swallow the key. Then play this record."

Mara Carlyle

"I Blame You Not"


"Mara's bewitching voice makes this English-language version of Schumann's 'Ich Grolle Nicht' softly spellbinding."

Sinéad O'Connor

"Nothing Compares 2 U"


"Who could forget Sinéad's heartbreaking version of Prince's song? Life sure is tough, as the tear that rolled down her cheek in the video proved."

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

"So Good at Being in Trouble"


"A prize-winning American/ New Zealand band that provides a magical low-key take on life's up and downs."

Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou

"Mother's Love"


"A simple yet beautiful instrumental full of contemplation that seems to say, 'Things will be OK after all'. Just the sort of thing your mum would say!"

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